University of San Diego School of Law

University of San Diego School of Law

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Basic Information
Type: 
Private
Religious Affiliation: 

Catholic

Enrollment: 
737

The University of San Diego School of Law is the 800-pound gorilla in America’s 8th largest city.

“[San Diego] is one of the most creative, innovative and sophisticated communities,” said Dean Stephen Ferruolo. “We dominate the local legal community in a way that no other law school dominates a top 10 [largest] city.”

Nearly one-fourth of all lawyers and one-third of all San Diego Superior Court judges are University of San Diego graduates. That has helped the region’s only Catholic school maintain high standards. Its median LSAT is 159 and the median GPA is 3.50, higher than all but a few schools in the Southwest.

“The atmosphere of this law school is very collaborative and encouraging,” Ferruolo said.

Students receive a personalized education, with easy access to professors.”

Ferruolo points out that the schools 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio is small for a school with close to 700 students.

University of San Diego also performs well on the bar exam. More than 78 percent of its students passed the 2013 bar exam, higher than the 72 percent state average. Additionally, 81 percent of students reported employment within 9 months of graduation, 49.2 percent of which were employed in law firms.

The National Jurist awarded the school a B+ for practical training. It also offers a variety of joint degrees and specializations, including business, criminal, environmental, taxation and intellectual property. San Diego is home to a thriving intellectual property law market, fueled by its biotech industry. 

Admission Profile
Application Fee: 

$0

Financial Aid Deadline: 

3/1

 LSATGPA
75th Percentile1603.67
Median1583.51
25th Percentile1543.17
Financial Profile
 ResidentNon-Resident
Tuition$50,201$50,201
Tuition Part-time$37,191$37,191
Living Expenses
Median grant$25500
Percent receiving grants70.60%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
 Rate
Post-grad employment 81.80%
NJ Employment67.2
Bar Passage70.20%
State63.70%
Academic Profile
Concentrations: 
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Litigation
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy
Website: 
www.law.sandiego.edu